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TOPIC: A (P) 61 Orb Weaver COIN ground attack

A (P) 61 Orb Weaver COIN ground attack 06 Sep 2019 21:51 #1

With the surplus of airframes left over from "The Big One" and a need for slow, tough, ease of maintenance "low tech" mud movers in the ongoing SEA conflict and, with congress at the time banning further spending on weaponry for that conflict, it was decided to experiment with upgrades to the P-61 family to A-61 standard with terrain following/low light capabilities and semi-smart weapon delivery systems (SSWEAD) the aircraft were also up-gunned and up-engined with Garrett (Honeywell) TPE 331 "dog whistles" and "saber" blade props. The aircraft were also fitted with STOL wing tips, Paralift (tm. reg.) flaperons/ spoilers, anti skid brakes and underwing hardpoints for rocket launchers, napalm, and IR/Laser glide bombs.
Wing fences were added as well (on later models, retrofitted to earlier models) to address stability concerns when loaded with external stores during turning maneuvers....and cause they looked cool.
Sticking with the ugly spider motif the aircraft was re-named "Orb Weaver" because of the deadly circle of death it could put on the ground.

Home made engines:
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added STOL wing tips
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A (P) 61 Orb Weaver COIN ground attack 07 Sep 2019 06:58 #2

Cool idea! :thumbsup
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A (P) 61 Orb Weaver COIN ground attack 07 Sep 2019 08:23 #3

Holy Crap! Now that's imagination...and plausible. :popcorn
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A (P) 61 Orb Weaver COIN ground attack 07 Sep 2019 08:37 #4

That is very cool!!!

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A (P) 61 Orb Weaver COIN ground attack 07 Sep 2019 16:19 #5

Glad I looked in on this.
Great idea and highly possible if things had been different.
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A (P) 61 Orb Weaver COIN ground attack 07 Sep 2019 22:21 #6

Thanks for commenting, I do like going my own way (different drummer?) and I have wanted to try this kind of thing for a while.
Anyway, I have fitted all the big parts and am now fiddling with seams and joints. The props and spinners are just held on with tape at this point, with a little over 21g. (1 Oz) of Pb in the nose radar housing.

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A (P) 61 Orb Weaver COIN ground attack 07 Sep 2019 22:38 #7

Well, that's different . Which kit ?

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A (P) 61 Orb Weaver COIN ground attack 07 Sep 2019 22:50 #8

The kit is the Revell/ Monogram kit
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A (P) 61 Orb Weaver COIN ground attack 07 Sep 2019 23:25 #9

:popcorn
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A (P) 61 Orb Weaver COIN ground attack 08 Sep 2019 07:10 #10

Sinister. :good
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A (P) 61 Orb Weaver COIN ground attack 08 Sep 2019 08:39 #11

And here I thought that kit was unbuildable. :rotf

I dig the fence on the wing, adds to the plausibility factor.
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A (P) 61 Orb Weaver COIN ground attack 08 Sep 2019 12:16 #12

I like all the details! Those Garrett engines are TOO COOL! Fin filets for the vertical stabilizers? Split the ailerons like the A-6 maybe? :rockon
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